Word of the Day: Integration

 

in·te·gra·tion

noun \ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\

Definition of INTEGRATION

1
:  the act or process or an instance of integrating: as

a :  incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups (as races)

b :  coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the environment

2
a :  the operation of finding a function whose differential is known

b :  the operation of solving a differential equation

First Known Use of INTEGRATION

1620

in·te·gra·tion

noun \ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTEGRATION

: the combining and coordinating of separate parts or elements into a unified whole: as a : coordination of mental processes into a normal effective personality or with the individual’s environment <failure of association and failure of integration take place among neurotic individuals—R. M. Dorcus & G. W. Shaffer> b : the process by which the different parts of an organism are made a functional and structural whole especially through the activity of the nervous system and of hormones

integration

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In calculus, the process of finding a function whose derivative is a given function. The term, sometimes used interchangeably with “antidifferentiation,” is indicated symbolically with the integral sign . (The differential dx usually follows to indicate x as the variable.) The basic rules of integration are: (1) (f + g)dx = fdx + gdx (where f and g are functions of the variable x), (2) kfdx = kfdx (k is a constant), and (3) (C is a constant). Note that any constant value may be added onto an indefinite integral without changing its derivative. Thus, the indefinite integral of 2x is x2 + C, where C can be any real number. A definite integral is an indefinite integral evaluated over an interval. The result is not affected by the choice for the value of C. See also differentiation.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integration

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